Marguerite Eymery: La Marquise de Sade (1579 words)


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Rachilde’s novel La Marquise de Sade was first published towards the end of 1886, although printed editions provide a publication year of 1887. Emblazoned with a deliberately provocative title, and displaying a panoply of fin-de-siècle tropes and themes, this novel further secured Rachilde’s status as Queen of the Decadents, and fanned the flames of infamy already attracted by the publication of Monsieur Vénus in 1884. However, La Marquise de Sade is more than just a reliquary of Decadence, since its unique blend of form, style, and shifting perspectives offer the reader and critic more nuanced, if often contradictory, visions of the very movement the work purportedly …

Citation: Craske, Helen. "La Marquise de Sade". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 July 2017 [, accessed 21 October 2021.]

22088 La Marquise de Sade 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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